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in eastern ukraine support russia and view the government in kiev as hostile. today, both the government and the separatists say two ukrainian helicopters were shot down in the fighting. this amateur video shows a plume of smoke where the helicopter apparently crashed, though no wreckage has been found so far. the ukrainian government also claimed a surface-to-air missile brought down one of them. that hasn't been verified, but u.s. intelligence sources are treating the report as credible. one of the pilots, visibly injured, was later paraded around in a video released by pro-russian militants. ukrainian forces appear to stop at the edge of the city. vyacheslav ponomaryov, the self- proclaimed mayor of slavyansk, claimed there had been many casualties. "we were attacked, "he said. "our city is under siege." the offensive came as violence ratcheted up again. yesterday, militants took over the prosecutor's office in donetsk. police attempted to fight back with tear gas and stun grenades, but were overwhelmed by the crowd and fled. >> pelley: clarissa ward is joining us from donetsk. claris
. >> pelley: mark, thank you. today, secretary of state john kerry called on russia to "leave ukraine in peace." but kerry's words and new u.s. sanctions haven't caused russia to blink. the u.s. accuses moscow of whipping up pro-russian militants who have taken over government buildings in eastern ukraine, a possible prelude to a russian invasion. holly williams is there. >> reporter: in luhansk today, pro-russian separatists seized control of the regional government building. as police looked on, the separatists trampled a ukrainian flag and raised a russian one in its place before moving on to the city's police headquarters, some of them armed with automatic weapons. another uptick in violence in eastern ukraine. the mayor of kharkiv, gennady kernes, is fighting for his life tonight after he was shot in the back in an assassination attempt. and in donetsk, peaceful pro- government demonstrators were attacked by masked-wearing separatists wielding baseball bats and batons. these police officers stood by and did nothing to stop them. as this separatist insurgency gains momentum, ukraine's gove
. in another developing story tonight, the u.s. imposed new sanctions to punish russia for stirring up trouble in ukraine. seven russian government officials were banned from traveling to the u.s. and their u.s. assets were frozen. 17 russian companies have also had their assets frozen. in ukraine, the mayor of the second largest city there was shot today in an assassination attempt. it's not clear who's responsible for that. by our count, pro-russian militants have taken government buildings in at least a dozen towns in eastern ukraine. a team of observers sponsored by the u.n. is being held hostage in one of them, and holly williams spoke to the self- proclaimed mayor who's holding those observers. >> reporter: in slovyansk, pro- russian separatists have been parading their prisoners. colonel axel schneider and his team of european military observer have been held in the town since friday. these captured ukrainian soldiers are also in slovyansk and were shown off to journalists bound and bloody. this coal mining town of 100,000 is at the center of the trouble in eastern ukraine. and this is
with russia from major garrett, david martin, and holly williams. a new study shows many who take statins to lower cholesterol develop bad habits. jim axelrod explains. with two popes rising to sainthood, we'll meet the man who investigates miracles. >> you make saints. >> i make saints. >> pelley: and steve hartman "on the road" with a waitress who got the tip of a lifetime. >> i'm still in shock, really. that's the only way i can describe it. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. good evening. this is our western edition. this was supposed to be one to have the happiest nights of marian sanchez's young life. like so many other teenagers, this time of year, she was looking forward to going to her prom tonight. with that oldest of high school traditions childed head on with a new and all-too-familiar school reality-- violence. maren was stabbed to death today, allegedly by a classmate, in a high school in milford, connecticut. vinita nair is there. >> reporter: the attack happened just after 7:00 a.m. as students were headed to first period class. t
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